Articles by Cameron Chapman

Infographics

Design Charts for Better Typography and Color

March 21st, 2011
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Design Charts for Better Typography and Color

We're designers, so it makes sense that a lot of us are visual learners and do better looking at charts and graphs than reading an article or listening to a podcast. Typography and color are two great topics that are perfectly suited for infographics, charts, and other graphical learning tools.

Design

40+ UI Design Tools and Resources

January 20th, 2011
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40+ UI Design Tools and Resources

User interface design grows and evolves on a continual basis. To stay current, you need to keep an eye on trends, new resources, and new techniques being implemented and talked about. And you also need to try things out on your own, and come up with original ideas and implementations.

Inspiration

Showcase of Energetic Film Websites

January 18th, 2011
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Showcase of Energetic Film Websites

Who doesn’t like a good movie? Virtually every movie made has a film website these days, ranging from little more than an online place to park a trailer to a fully-immersive experience. And with the varied content, themes, and visual style of movies out there, it’s no wonder that film websites are just as varied.

Infographics

50 Interesting and Useful Infographics for Web Designers

December 16th, 2010
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50 Interesting and Useful Infographics for Web Designers

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Infographics are a great way to present information in a way that's easy for most people to understand. A lot of people learn visually, and can get a better grasp on what you're trying to say if you display it graphically.

Business Online

Organizing Your Design Inspirations

December 7th, 2010
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Organizing Your Design Inspirations

Virtually every creative out there turns to designs and images created by others to get inspired now and then. Whether you use web design galleries or other sources of visual inspiration, you’ve probably had times when you’ve felt like you’re spending too much time looking for inspiration and not enough time actually using that inspiration.

Apps

Mobile Development Toolkit

November 30th, 2010
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Mobile Development Toolkit

Mobile web design has been around for quite a while. Unfortunately, a lot of mobile design guidelines are out of date and focus on low-resolution, non-touchscreen phones. Despite their popularity, there isn’t a whole lot of information out there for designing websites for the new generation of smartphones (iPhone, Android devices, BlackBerry touchscreens, etc.) — these devices are growing more and more popular in...

Design

High Quality Patterns Resources

October 25th, 2010
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High Quality Patterns Resources

When used well, patterns can be a great way to add an extra element to your designs that take them to the next level in terms of aesthetics. Creating your own repeating patterns is one way to go about this, but it’s not always something you want to spend a lot of time on, especially if you’re working with a tight budget. And why...

Inspiration

Propaganda Design: Inspiration, Tools, Resources, and Techniques

October 22nd, 2010
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Propaganda Design: Inspiration, Tools, Resources, and Techniques

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Propaganda is often thought of in negative terms. It evokes thoughts of wartime and misinformation campaigns by governments trying to deceive people or bolster support for what might otherwise be unpopular policies. But propaganda and the techniques it uses are prominent throughout our modern lives.

Design

40+ Useful Online Generators For Web Designers

October 11th, 2010
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40+ Useful Online Generators For Web Designers

Generators can be a great way to save time in your web design projects. High-quality generators can create graphics or code or even layouts in a matter of seconds or minutes, things that might take an hour or more if done by hand. Below are some useful generators to help you speed up your web design process. There’s everything from color scheme tools to...

Design

35 Excellent Wireframing Resources

October 5th, 2010
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35 Excellent Wireframing Resources

Wireframing is an important part of the design process, one that shouldn’t be overlooked by even the most experienced designers. Wireframes can save development time by outlining exactly how a site should look and function, in a manner that can be shown to and approved by your clients. But wireframing can be confusing, especially to new designers. What’s the right way to create a...

Inspiration

40+ Awesome Keynote and PowerPoint Templates and Resources

September 15th, 2010
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40+ Awesome Keynote and PowerPoint Templates and Resources

Keynote (part of Apple’s iWork office suite) and PowerPoint (part of Microsoft’s Office suite) are likely the two most commonly used presentation software programs out there. PowerPoint is more likely to be found in the corporate world, whereas Keynote may be more popular in creative fields (due to the proliferation of Macs in the design field). Creating presentations in either program is a similar...

Business Online

Tools and Resources for Grammar, Copywriting, Spelling and More

September 8th, 2010
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Tools and Resources for Grammar, Copywriting, Spelling and More

So much of the web is based around written content that it’s important for anyone who works online to have a good grasp of language, including grammar and spelling. But it’s not always easy to find reputable sources that can teach us these things if we didn’t learn them in school (or retain them for long after). Below are over thirty great resources for...

Tutorials

Print Tutorial: Creating A Magazine Cover

August 31st, 2010
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Print Tutorial: Creating A Magazine Cover

Graphic design in a print environment can be a nice change for someone who normally does web design. It’s a slightly different skillset, but still incorporates a lot of the same concepts. Print projects can be an exciting new challenge, something that lets a designer stretch their creativity a bit and even recharge if they’re getting stressed out by too many web design projects....

Business Online

Some Reasons You Might Not Want To Become A Web Designer

August 17th, 2010
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Some Reasons You Might Not Want To Become A Web Designer

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Web design is often an appealing career choice for artistic and creative people. It's seen as a potentially lucrative opportunity to be creative on a daily basis. But there are drawbacks that many people don't realize going into the field.